Posts and Comments by: jfreedman13


Dinner at the Cost of Destroying the Environment--posted on Sep 24, 2013
Adding A Monetary Value to Nature--posted on Sep 11, 2013
My BioBlitz Experience--posted on Sep 2, 2013


"I think your response summed up many of Ostrom's key points quite well. Similar to how we discussed in class, Ostrom was an inspiring figure from the start, as she was a woman who despite not originally having an economics background, was able to create theories and ideas that competed with top economists. Besides being one of the few women to speak knowledgeably on economics and receive recognition, she was relatively unknown, but quickly made a name for herself. After all, earning a Nobel Prize speaks for itself in a way. Her idea on how there is no universal solution to every SES rings true today. Oftentimes when people complain about something within our society, they will compare our problem to one in another society and observe that society's solution to the problem. While this may seem logical, the solution is not always that simple. There are factors in other societies that may allow for a particular solution to function in that society, but fail to work in another society. This is an idea that many current public policy makers could learn from. I also think Ostrom's idea about people's pursuit of management is important to understand. Often people will act selfishly because they don't believe what they're doing will have much of an impact on anyone else when in reality it will. People will also sometimes be unwilling to cooperate due to lack of understanding. If people could be more aware of the consequences of their actions and communicate with one another better, it would lead to greater understanding. With greater understanding there could be more conflict resolution and overall peace."
--( posted on Nov 12, 2013, commenting on the post elinor ostrom + ownership )
"I agree with the majority of points you make. As valuable as preserving our ecosystems is, we tend to not give them the protection they deserve. As you said if protecting a certain ecosystem is too costly money wise or there is no financial gain to be seen, the ecosystems will be left to suffer. This a problem because as you said, we need certain natural resources and ecosystems to live. If we run low or completely run out of certain natural resources, money is going to be the least of our problems. Although protecting our ecosystem might seem costly at times and it might not always be the best financial choice, its a matter of survival. If we don't take care of our world, then it will slowly deteriorate and harm us in the process."
--( posted on Sep 12, 2013, commenting on the post valuation matters )